By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Is this the moment the Doctor dies? The Time Lord, played by Matt Smith, is seen being blasted with a beam of light by The Astronaut
Fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the new series of Doctor Who when it starts this evening.
And it seems viewers might be left stunned by the season premiere, judging by teaser images released which appear to show the regeneration of the current Doctor.
In the scenes, the Time Lord, played by Matt Smith, is seen being blasted by a huge beam of light by a mysterious new character called The Astronaut.
Ouch! The Doctor looks stunned as he struggles against the strong light in the scenes shot on the desert in Utah
The Doctor looks stunned as he struggles in the beam of light, while the Astronaut continues to hit him with the light.
And it could be that the scenes are actually the last time we see Smith as the doctor.
Writer Steven Moffat has already told viewers that one of the main Tardis castmembers will be killed in the first 20 minutes of the show when it begins tonight.
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Scenes for the new series of Doctor Who were shot on the desert in Utah, with the Doctor, Amy and Rory all finding themselves on a secret mission which takes them to the Oval Office.
Doctor Who is on BBC1 tonight at 6pm.